4 Tuesday, 30 June 2009 London Lite World at a glance BrithostagesinIraqwere executed,coronerrevealsTHE two British hostages whose bodies were returned to the UK from Iraq last week had been shot dead. A coroner found that security guards Jason Swindlehurst and Jason Cresswell died from gunshot wounds. Both mens families were informed of the findings on Sunday, as were the families of the other three British hostages still in Iraq. All five men were captured in Baghdad in May 2007 at the Iraqi capitals ministry of finance, by about 40 men disguised as Iraqi policemen. The three hostages still thought to be held are two other contract security guards and Peter Moore, the Bearingpoint IT consultant who they were hired to protect. The two guards have been identified only as Alan from Scotland and Alec from South Wales. The bodies of Mr Swindlehurst, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, and Mr Cresswell, of Glasgow, were flown to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire on Friday. The Oxfordshire coroner had subsequently opened an inquest into their deaths. Shot: Jason Cresswell with daughter Maddi PartyforUShandoverofBaghdad IRAQI forces assumed formal control of Baghdad and other cities today after American troops handed over security in urban areas. A countdown clock broadcast on Iraqi TV ticked to zero as the midnight deadline passed for US troops to complete their withdrawal to bases outside cities. Sadiq al-Rikabi, an adviser to prime minister Nouri al- Maliki, said: We are celebrating the restoration of sovereignty. Singers performed patriotic songs at a party in a park attended by thousands. Touristshurtinboilerblastathotel A STORK is given a brand new beak after snapping off its own in an accident. Doctors at the Hortobagy Birds Hospital, in Hungary, repaired the lower part with surgery, but a dental specialist had to construct a new top beak out of synthetic resin. Dr Deri Janos said the stork had probably flown into a wall. Without a new beak, it would have needed hand-feeding for the rest of its life. Gas-carryingtrainexplosionkills12 SEVEN British tourists and one Turk were injured after a boiler in a sauna exploded, causing a fire at a hotel in southern Turkey. The fire started in the resort of Marmaris yesterday and the victims were cut by broken glass as they tried to flee the blazing building. Their injuries were reported to be only slight. Firefighters rescued a number of guests from balconies. An investigation was launched today. Storktakesdeliveryofafalsebeak A DERAILED train set off an explosion and fire in a small Italian town, killing at least 12 people -- many as they slept in their homes. At least 50 people were injured in the accident in Viareggio late last night. The freight train was heading for Pisa when one of its 14 cars, filled with liquefied natural gas, ploughed into a residential area. The gas exploded, flattening five buildings and setting fire to a vast area. Boris:Londonersare up for theWorldCupBORIS JOHNSON today urged football-mad Londoners to back the city in Englands 2018 World Cup bid. He announced the London United bid at City Hall as the capital goes up against 14 other UK cities vying for the biggest part in the campaign to be 2018 hosts. The Mayor staked out Londons credentials with world-class ven- ues, 13 professional clubs and thriving grass-roots leagues. The capital has a guaranteed role in Englands bid, as the national stadium at Wembley would host the final. But the aim is the biggest slice of the required 12 stadiums, plus training camps. Possible venues include Wembley, Arsenals Emirates stadium and Tottenhams soon- to-be-redeveloped White Hart Lane. Stamford Bridge does not meet the requirement of 40,000 seats excluding VIP and media areas, so Chelsea, along with West Ham and Fulham, may have to settle for providing a training camp. But Chelsea director of communi- cations Simon Greenberg will lead the London United bid. The team also gives a comeback to Carphone Warehouse tycoon David Ross after his resignation from the 2012 Olympic committee. Back Londons bid by clicking on To Add Your Support at england2018bid.com BY MARK BLUNDEN Picture of the day Hitting the beach: this seal pup had a lucky escape from a killer whale after being chased onto the shore in Patagonia, South America. The 50-year-old male orca, called Mel, was being tracked by conservationist Rob Lott. Beak tweak: the repaired stork index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html